Sintra Plate Printmaking! Relief and Intaglio all in one!
In this two-day workshop with visiting Tacoma-based artist, Yoshi Nakagawa, you will explore the possibilities of printing with Sintra plates. What is a Sintra plate? Sintra is a type of PVC foam board. Lightweight and strong, it is easy to cut, carve, drill and sand. It has a consistently smooth, slightly matt surface. The more you experiment with this material, the more you might wonder – is there anything Sintra foamboard can’t do?
Sintra plate printing is accessible to anyone, and it is easy to get very satisfying results. When you print the plate as a relief print (like linoleum or woodcuts), you take an impression from the top surface of the plate, and any incised or cut lines will not be inked, and so will print white, if your paper is white. We will mainly work with techniques using an exacto knife and 1.5mm v-gouge fine carving tool.
To print as an intaglio print, you need the pressure of a printing press to work well. For intaglio printing, the idea is to rub ink into all the grooves and wipe it off the flat surface of the plate. From the same plate the tones of the marks will reversed – what was light in the relief print is now dark in the intaglio print. The v-gouge lines dry with an embossed effect with the oil-based inks- also the richness of the plate tones can be very satisfying.
In this workshop, we will explore all these possibilities, using printmaking papers and an etching press. All levels of experience welcome for this special class!
Instructor: Yoshi Nakagawa
Dates: October 21 & 22
Time: 10- 5 pm with lunch break
Cost: $260 plus tax, all materials included, participants may purchase extra paper